[Coral-List] Sargassum fluitans proliferation in the Lesser Antilles
kynoch_reale at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 10 17:10:02 EDT 2011
I cannot say exactly when an influx of Sargassum started showing up here in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, however during our field work these past two days, we have definitely seen an abundance of it streaming in on the currents. It is not piling up on the beaches in any sort of an 'alarming' rate, but we definitely noticed numerous clumps of it in the water. I cannot quantify it, but we did randomly count 8 clumps passing by a stationary point in 5 seconds.
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Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Sargassum fluitans proliferation in the Lesser Antilles
Sargassum species here (Sargassum fluitans probably) are actually
pelagic sargassum that develop at the surface of the water and are not
attached to the substratum. Those algae can bloom in case of critical
amount of nutrient inputs, that might be the cause of the amount of
algae we ahve today. Another reason might be the global change in the
current systems along the Eastern Caribbean that was not as usual as
reported by fishermen in the area. But we would be interested in looking
at the history of this phenomenon as I started to observe large plates
of sargassum by mid May all across the Lesser Antilles. At this time the
algae was not accumulating along the coast of the islands.
Dr Jean-Philippe Maréchal, DSci
Observatoire du Milieu Marin Martiniquais
3 avenue Condorcet
97200 Fort de France
Tel : +33 (5) 96 39 42 16
> Alan -
> the Orinoco or the rivers are not the source of Sargassum; Sargassum,
> when attached to the benthos, gorws in large beds in generally quite
> clear water. A lot of it grows in the Caribbean, along the FL keys, etc.
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> On Wed, 10 Aug 2011, Alan.e.strong wrote:
>> Isn't this likely to have its origin from the Orinoco River's outflow
>> into the area from Venezuela??
>> On 8/9/2011 12:30 PM, OMMM Association wrote:
>>> Dear all
>>> Since May, 2011, a huge amount of pelagic sargassum piles up along the
>>> coast of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles, and might
>>> affect probably all the islands in the area.
>>> Tons of algae enter the bays and cover the beaches. This
>>> accumulation of
>>> floating sargassum can also extends at the surface of the water for
>>> of meters in semi closed area, causing environmental problems to very
>>> coastal communities.
>>> We have not seen any comments since this began in May. The algae still
>>> accumulates and cause management problems for local authorities.
>>> This is
>>> also the marine turtles' nesting period, what has an incidence on local
>>> decision to remove the algae accumulated on the beaches. Those algae
>>> decomposed and toxic gaz might be produced, as H2S, which is quite low
>>> from the measures that have been done at the moment (0-3 ppm).
>>> Is there any information we could share on the origin of this
>>> proliferation of pelagic sargassum in the area?
>>> Who else in the Lesser Antilles or elsewhere face the same problem?
>>> We do airplane survey and fly over the coastal area to detect piles of
>>> sargassum away offshore looking at possible trajectories.
>>> We are interested in any satellite images that could detect those
>>> Jean-Philippe Maréchal
>>> Dr Jean-Philippe Maréchal, DSci
>>> Observatoire du Milieu Marin Martiniquais
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